This summer we’re running a special edition of Connect & Create. We’d like as many Arts & Minds members to bring their artwork to show to other people and tell them about it! You could bring:
If you want to bring photographs of your work, that’s fine. The idea is for as many people as possible to share their work and have a chat about it. If you’ve written a song you could play it to a group of us. If a poem, read it out.
Lots of creative people make stuff and we think it’s good to meet people with a similar mindset. It can help boost your confidence and you might learn about what other people are doing – and get inspired.
Connect & Create runs monthly at The Tetley and is for Arts & Minds members. Arts & Minds exists to support creative people with mental health issues. If you’re not a member, don’t worry, we’ll give you information about the network when you get here. The meeting is free to attend and we provide tea, coffee and cake.
We normally meet on the first Monday of every month – note that this has changed to the second Monday because of holidays. We meet in the learning studio on Floor 2.
Connect & Create: Show & Tell Special
Monday 12th August, 2pm – 4pm
The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds.
Our Annual Exhibition is now over – thanks so much to all our artists, helpers, volunteers, supporters, invigilators, curators – and anyone who came in. Particular thanks to Naheed, Mussarat, Sandy, Emma and the Culture Club team who led some brilliant workshops. This year more than ever it’s been a team effort. So many people helped to put the show up – and take it down. So well done everyone!
We’ll post a folder of great images from the exhibition ASAP. And some of the great comments left by visitors to the show.
Linda, Tom and Jane
Arts & Minds
Every year Arts & Minds awards grants to LYPFT NHS services to do high quality arts projects. The idea is to help make mental health servives more creative. All the projects will encourage people with serious mental health issues to express themselves through different art forms. Most of the projects were based on ideas from the people using the services. Last week we met to award the grants to the brilliant staff who had encoraged people to get ideas and applied for the grants. Thank you to Peter Johnstone from LYPFT who presented the awards.
The arts projects will start very soon but here’s a summary of what’s going to happen:
Printmaking at the National Inpatient Centre for Psychological Medicine.
The NICPM will work with Swarthmore to run print workshop. The group will make all sorts of things, including tote bags, t-shirts and more.
Music at the Mother & Baby Unit.
Mothers and their babies will work with the brilliant “Made with Music” to do just that – make music!
Digital Interactive Art at dementia wards at the Mount.
People with dementia and their carers will work with Invisible Flock to use the latest digital technology to make artwork.
Tree of Hope at Parkside Lodge.
People with learning disabilties who also have mental health issues will make a Tree of Hope to display in the unit. Artist Kerri Butterworth will help staff use iPads to make them easy to use for people with LD.
Film making at York CAMHS
Young people attending CAMHS will work with artists from Accessible Arts & Media to produce a short film or stop-motion animation based around well-being.
Look out for more updates as the projects start and people begin to make art!
You might be aware that we’re not running a Love Arts Festival in 2019. We’re taking a year off to reflect and work out what next for Love Arts.
Some of you came to the excellent Think-In in January. For those of you who didn’t, we want to make sure we listen to your ideas. So we are inviting everyone to tell us their thoughts via a Survey Monkey:
You can keep updated on what’s going on by checking out the Love Arts blog, where you’ll see a selection of images that sum up some of the things that were said at the Think In.
We’re having another Think In in March – we’ll let you know all about it soon.
Spring is here!
The sun’s out, finally. So we think it’s time to think about showing a light on your artwork. There are two exhibitions happening over the next couple of months, the details of which you can find in the current newsletter. Check it out here:
There’s also information about all the latest things going on in Leeds around creativity and mental well-being.
We hope you find something of interest!
Linda, Tom & Jane.
We’ve started a new monthly meet up!
Connect & Create meets on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Tetley. The aim is to get together with other like-minded, creative people. We want you to share ideas, be artistic, and find out about all the great things going on in Leeds.
Every month we’ll have:
Sharing – a chance for you to bring along a piece of artwork or some writing – or a song or a dance and share it with an enthusiastic group of Arts & Minds members
Discussion – we’ll choose an important topic and gather a group to talk about it. It could be a new idea, or an event that’s coming up we need help with – or something completely different.
Creative Space – every month a new volunteer will try out a different creative workshop. No skills necessary, just have a go.
We’ll also have the Arts & Minds team on hand to answer your questions, and plenty of leaflets and brochures with information on lots of different things going on. It’s ideal for people who’ve never been to an Arts & Minds event before – you can find out all about what we do. And we particularly welcome people who’ve had experience of mental health issues.
Join us on
Monday August 6th / September 3rd/ October 1st / November 5th/ December 3rd
Connect & Create
Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4pm
The Learning Studio on Floor 2
Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.
Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.
For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.
Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.
Where the money goes
All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.
Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.
A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email [email protected]